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24th September 2009

Youngsters take poetic inspiration from Champions

Throughout the Summer-term, young people from Chester le Street schools Red Rose Juniors and Park View Community School have been working with writer Max Adams to write poetry inspired by the game of cricket.   In a project funded by Arts Council England, and based at the Club’s education centre the young people were introduced to the rules of the game, had an opportunity to play on the Riverside’s pitch and got privileged access to the players as they saw them train for their impending victory.  

They used these experiences as subjects for their own poetry.  Players from the team chose four poems, which featured on a series of specially commissioned postcards, which were distributed to spectators over the weekend.

“This was a great way of introducing the young people to the game of cricket at the same time as developing their writing skills, I was impressed with the hard work and commitment the young people put in, and Saturday’s victory can only inspired them further”, said Max Adams, writer in residence

The young people and their families got a privileged view of Durham’s LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire as they celebrated the culmination of the project and received certificates from Durham CCC bowler Neil Killeen.